'''William Wilkie Collins''' (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright
, and short story writer. His best-known works are ''The Woman in White (novel)|The Woman in White
'' (1859), ''No Name (novel)|No Name
'' (1862), ''Armadale (novel)|Armadale
'' (1866) and ''The Moonstone
'' (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel
Born into the family of painter William Collins (painter)|William Collins
in London, he lived with his family in Italy
as a child and learned French language|French
and Italian language|Italian
. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant.
After his first novel, ''Antonina,'' was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens
, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Some of Collins's works were first published in Dickens' journals ''All the Year Round
'' and ''Household Words
'' and the two...